Make Your Own Recipe Binder: Scrapbook Style

DIY recipe binderIf you have lots of recipes lying around your house, then you know that finding a way to organize them would be super helpful. There are many options out there when it comes to sorting recipes. You could use a recipe box, a folder, or a binder. One of the things I like about organizing with a binder is that the clear pages keep food off of the recipes but still allow me to follow along. Most of the recipe binders that I have seen on the internet require me to type up all my recipes in a certain format. While I love the look of a formatted binder, I also have a sentimental attachment to some of my recipes.

If you received a recipe from a family member or a friend, you probably have their hand written recipe card. I had a box full of recipes on cards, but they would get damaged when food splashed on them when I was cooking. I wanted to find a way to preserve my recipe cards while still keeping them organized and clean. That is when I decided to make a binder that is more of a scrapbook of my recipes.

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How to Create Your Own Recipe Scrapbook Binder


  • 3-ring binder: 8 1/2 x 11 (make sure it can be wiped off in case food gets on it)
  • clear 8 1/2 x 11 page protectors
  • 8 1/2 x 11 card stock
  • some type of adhesive like sticky tabs or glue stick
  • page decorations such as stickers and letters

Step 1: Pick a Recipe

Decide which recipe you would like to do first. Make sure the writing is legible on the recipe card or paper. If you have any pictures of what the food will look like in the end, it is great to include that as well.

Step 2: Choose Card Stock Color

Decide which color you want your page to be. If your recipe card has colors on it, it might be a good idea to match the colors of the card to the card stock. Also, you could pick colors based on the food itself.

Step 3: Stick Recipe Card to Card Stock

I like to use sticky tabs to adhere my recipes to card stock. They stick well, and don’t mess up the paper.

Step 4: Add a Personal Story (Optional)

Sometimes if there is a story behind how I got the recipe, I like to include that on a small piece of card stock. Then, I just stick the card stock to the page.

Step 5: Add a Title

I either hand write or use letter stickers or stencils to write the title of the recipe. It should be in big letters that are easy to read.

Step 6: Decorate the Page

Then, I choose stickers that match the page. For example, if I was doing a cake recipe, I might include stickers that have to do with baking.

Step 7: Slide Recipe Page Into Page Protector

After I am finished decorating my page, I put it in a page protector. You can put two recipes in a page protector (one on one side and one on the other). Then I stick them in my binder. You are finished! You can do this for as many recipes you would like. If you have a lot, you should choose a wider binder.

Example Pages

recipe binder pages

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So that’s how you make a recipe binder! If you have any questions or comments, let me know down below.

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